Our Mother’s Home was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from the NAILBA Charitable Foundation for the Mentored Living Program.
Bob Lombardo, President of Lombardo Brokerage Services, and Karen Watson, Executive Director of Our Mother’s Home
“Because of supporters with huge hearts, we are able to continue breaking the cycle of abuse, neglect and generational poverty that afflicts teen mothers,” said Karen Watson, Executive Director of Our Mother’s Home. “We are grateful to be awarded the NAILBA Grant for the third time. This year’s donation is especially needed due to Hurricane Irma extra expenses.”
The NAILBA Charitable Foundation provides funds to small, well-run charities that may not otherwise have access to additional funding.The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies, an insurance industry organization promoting financial security and consumer choice through the use of independent brokerage distribution.
“We applaud the wonderful work that Our Mother’s Home of Southwest Florida is doing,” said Myra J. Palmer, 2017 Grants Committee Chair for the NAILBA Charitable Foundation.
Local NAILBA member Bob Lombardo, President of Lombardo Brokerage Services, nominated Our Mother’s Home, which was chosen from among 34 grant applications.
“Karen is an amazing person who just exudes love and caring for these young mothers and children,” Lombardo said. “I can’t thank the Board and Committee enough for their generosity to Our Mother’s Home. The generosity is life changing.”
Our Mother’s Homeprovides housing and mentoring for teenage foster mothers. The Mentored Living Program allows moms and their babies to remain together while mothers learn the skills they need to be independent and self-sufficient. More than 300 mothers and children have participated over the last 17 years.
Watson points to a recent success story to show the impact this grant can make in the Southwest Florida community. A former teen mom graduated this year from Florida Southwestern College with an AA Degree. She has retained custody of her child, and she is working and continuing her education.
“She would not have been able to see this achievement as a possibility without having the love, guidance, empowerment and support as a teen mother,” Watson said.
About Our Mother’s Home
The mission of Our Mother’s Home is to transition teen mothers and their children from foster care and human trafficking to stable, happy, and productive lives by providing a safe and nurturing home, education, parenting support along with physical, mental and spiritual care. Our Mother’s Home is a large home where up to ten mothers, ages twelve to twenty-one, and their babies can remain together as mother and child. Their vision is to end the repetitive cycle of foster care and generational poverty that afflicts teen mothers and their children.